Aliens over Stamford Bridge? This was one of the weird stories coming out from details released recently from Britain's Ministry of Defence UFO Department. Apparently the happenings in the department are not at all like the dramas which unfolded for Fox Mulder and Dana Scully in the hit show the X-Files. Although it sounds like a cool job to be embroiled in, instead of skulking around in poorly lit underground garages and meeting up with eccentric folk in aluminium trailer homes, the real-life British version of Mulder and Scully don't appear to hit the same heights.
Instead, time scouring Google for stories of sightings is pretty much the back bone of the work in the British MOD department. So, with the release of details from the cash-strapped government department, nestling in among many other cases of unknown things occupying British air space, came the report that a policeman had see a UFO over Stamford Bridge. Naturally, first thoughts were simply the gentleman involved being mistaken for David Luiz's hair, as the Brazilian was riding to head a ball clear from defence, his big mop of hair creating a cascading, shimmering volley of curls like a shape-shifting saucer in the air above the Stamford Bridge turf.
Things were more serious than that it seems though, and this certainly warranted further investigation. Just what had this policeman seen? What had been in the skies above Stamford Bridge? So, after taking a leaf out of Britain's Ministry of Defence UFO Department and hitting Google with some search terms about Chelsea, UFO and Aliens, down in the depths of the pages of search results (and I had to dig down in the teens for this, and seriously, whoever looks that far down?), up popped up a story from March 1999 about mysterious light seen over south west London.
The Police Officer wasn't named, but
apparently he wasn't alone in sighting the unidentified flying object
over Stamford Bridge, because a colleague (who was obviously keen to
let his mate go to the authorities to report a possible UFO sighting
while keeping his own silence for fear of ridicule) had seen the same
thing. So if it wasn't David Luiz's hair, what could the weird
anomaly have been?
Apparently it was a diamond shape of lights (and hopefully Chris Waddle and Glenn Hoddle had nothing to do with this) that was seen in the south west London skies over Stamford Bridge. This was during the evening of March 10th, 1999. The lights reportedly soared through the sky, moving pretty quickly and not only that, they were changing shape slowly. According to the Policeman who reported the incident, the lights were moving from East to West. The actual size of the object was unable to be discerned by the officer, but the one thing that stood out to him, as well as the lights themselves was the fact that there was no sound being made.
So what could those diamond lights have been from above? Maybe it was all an extraterrestrial signal for then Chelsea boss Gianluca Vialli to think about playing a diamond formation in the midfield, who knows. There was never an explanation offered for what the diamond shape of lights may have been.